A Window to the Autumn (tempera painting)


Hi friends!

The story of this drawing was inspired by my friend's collage
I saw an interesting technique in this - to make a leaf of a tree a frame for an autumn landscape


I needed for my work tempera paints, a watercolor paper "torchon", a brush number 3 and ... a piece of a sponge for washing dishes




I start the painting from the main part - from the landscape.

For the sky, I take a mix of blue FC and white with a drop of yellow cadmium, for hay heaps - a mix of burnt sienna with a drop of gas soot (for the shadow side), a mix of natural sienna with ocher (medium tone) and pure yellow ocher - for the highlight side.

For the field, I mix ocher with white, prescribing the most distant plan with it. Closer to the foreground, I add more ocher and in some places I apply stripes of natural sienna.


For the background, I mix a lot of earthy shades - a mixture of green FC with yellow cadmium and ocher, then I take pure burnt sienna, natural sienna, a little blue FC and gas soot.
I cut off a piece that is convenient for use from the sponge, alternately I dip it in different colors and create such a spontaneously motley background.


For the leaf, on the contrary, I take the brightest colors - three shades of yellow paints, iron red, cadmium red, a drop of ultramarine.
I outline the contours with a brush and also fill the middle of the sheet with a sponge. Closer to the edge of the central picture, I make the paint very much diluted to create a collage effect.
With the darkest shade, I draw the veins on the sheet.


Also, with spontaneous individual strokes, I apply the remnants of bright colors to the background in order to better fit the sheet into it.

Well, the very last and painstaking details are the ears of corn.
I paint the light parts with a mixture of yellow cadmium with a drop of lemon and white, and the shadows with a mixture of burnt sienna with a drop of blue FC.
I make the distant ears of corn less contrasting and not detailed, adding more natural sienna.


Here is my mystical autumn leaf!


I hope you like my drawing idea too.
Thanks for your attention and have a nice and creative day!